Digital Skills: Developing Online Assessment Skills in Everyday Classroom Activities Western Reserve Public Media
Active Reading with INSERT (Google Docs)
Students need to practice reading lengthy passages online for standardized tests. Skimming and scanning are not enough. This lesson teaches students to interact with what they are reading for more engaging, careful reading.
I can:
  • Locate evidence that supports what the text says.

  • Cite examples of evidence that supports inferences drawn from the text.

  • Identify key ideas about individuals, events and ideas as stated in text.

  • Determine meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.

  • Analyze how particular sentences, paragraphs, chapters or sections fit into the overall structure of a text.

  • Analyze how particular sentences, paragraphs, chapters or sections contribute to the overall development of the ideas.

Tech Skills:
  • Insert comments

  • Copy/paste

  • Keyboarding

  • Editing

Materials and Resources:

INSERT Template (Google Docs)

Digital article of your choice (See Supplementary Resource list)

KWL Chart

Think about Your Thinking (Graphic Organizer in Google Drawing)

Grade Level:
  • 6th Grade
    (Can be adapted for other grade levels)

Subject Area:
  • ELA (Informational Text)


First choose an article appropriate for your grade level.

Activity 1

Before reading the article
Activate prior knowledge on the topic of the article using a KWL chart or a focused free-write.

Activity 2

Explain INSERT (See template)
Model how to insert a comment in a Google Doc and review how to copy/paste the symbols into the comments. Read first paragraph aloud and insert symbols and comments as you talk through your thinking.

Activity 3

Silent Reading
Insist on silence while students read the article or part of the article and insert symbols and comments. For students who finish early, provide a writing assignment such as writing a summary of the article.

Activity 4

Small Group
In small groups or with partners, have students discuss their symbols, especially where they agreed or disagreed. While in their groups, students should complete a graphic organizer, such as Think about Your Thinking.

Activity 5

Write and/or Reflect
Finish this lesson by having students either write about the article or activity OR lead a whole-class discussion about the article or activity.

Practice Activity

When you assign the next article, require the students to insert symbols.


RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RI.6.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

RI.6.5 Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
Supplementary Resources:




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